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Make Workouts Hurt

The solution is to make your workouts more intensive and to ensure that each time you come out of the gym you feel like you’ve done something – that’s the fastest way to get them to grow and to start seeing positive changes. But how do you get your muscles to ache quickly in the gym when you’ve stopped having those great and somewhat painful sessions? Here we will look at what you can do.

Forced Reps

Forced reps are basically repetitions that you can’t do on your own because you’re already too tired. In other words, you have reached the point where you can’t do another curl, and then you have used some kind of strategy to squeeze another one out – by getting a friend to help you lift it perhaps, or by dropping to a lighter weight, or by swinging your body (this is called a cheat). When you do this you are outside your comfort zone and that’s what tells your body it’s time to adapt.

Squeezing

Arnie and other famous bodybuilders use a technique to get more out of their repetitions whereby they squeeze their muscles as hard as they can at the top of each repetition. This then means they’re doing a more of a contraction and putting more work in and again it means that you are getting more microtears out of the training.

Keep it Fresh

If you keep doing the exact same workout day in and day out, then eventually your body will adapt to those movements and it will no longer pose a challenge. This is called ‘plateauing’ and at this point you will fail to grow. The solution then is to make sure you keep mixing it up and to try different exercises and techniques in order to consistently challenge your body in new ways. This way you can guarantee you’ll feel the sting every time.